For those of us living in the Pacific Northwest, we know that our weather can be unpredictable. This can make it difficult to maintain a beautiful landscaped yard year-round. If you want to keep your yard looking nice without having to spend hours maintaining it, then low maintenance landscaping is the way to go. Here are 4 easy ways to keep your landscaping low maintenance!

  1. Use Native Plants

Native plants are one of the best low maintenance landscaping options; Not only do they look beautiful, but they also require very little care and attention. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about weeds invading your garden as native plants help discourage them from growing. Some great ideas for you to choose from are listed in Better Home and Gardens’ Top 15 Native Plants to the Pacific Northwest which include Goatsbeard, Alpine Strawberry and Broadleaf Lupine (to see the full list click here).

  1. Add Pathways & Patios 

Pathways and patios are a great way to create a usable outdoor space without having to spend too much time on upkeep. They can define areas within your landscape design while also adding character and charm. Consider using natural materials such as pavers or flagstones as these will require minimal maintenance over time. Looking for some inspiration? Check out these great ways to incorporate flagstone into your yard by Lawnstarter.

  1. Create Mulch Areas

Creating mulch areas around trees and other plant beds is another great way to cut down on yard work while still keeping your landscaping looking neat and tidy. Mulch helps keep moisture in the soil while suppressing weed growth which saves you from having to pull up weeds every few weeks. Additionally, mulching your plant beds adds a layer of protection against extreme temperatures which helps protect delicate plants during cold winters or hot summers here in our area.

  1. Group Plantings

By grouping plants you can reduce yard maintenance, conserve water, help keep weeds down while also promoting healthy growth. This means that fewer fertilizers and pesticides will be needed because these groupings will create their own micro-environment. 

By implementing these low maintenance landscaping ideas, you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor space all year round without spending too much time on upkeep and maintenance tasks each week! Whether it’s adding native plants, pathways & patios, mulch areas or grouping plantings – there are plenty of ways you can spruce up your yard without breaking the bank or sacrificing valuable free time!  And with these tips under your belt, you’re well on your way towards creating an amazing outdoor space – happy gardening!

Reach out to The Amber Bills Real Estate Group for more ideas! We are your local Maple Valley contact for all things real estate.   amber@amberbills.com  425-281-0373  www.amberbills.com

We can also provide vendor referrals for all of your home gardening needs.

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